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J.303 Ekaraaja Jaataka The bodhisatva was born as king of Benares. A minister whom he had expelled for misconduct in the harem, took service under Dabbasena, king of Kosala, and incited him to make war on Ekaraja. The latter was captured while sitting on a dais in the midst of his councillors and was hung head downwards by a cord from the lintel of the door. In this position, Ekaraja cultivated thoughts of loving kindness towards his enemy and attained a stage of complete absorption in meditation. His bonds burst and he sat cross-legged in mid-air. Dabbasena was, meanwhile, seized with a burning pain in his body, and on the advice of his courtiers, had Ekaraja released, whereupon, the pains disappeared. Realizing Ekarajaís holiness, Dabbasena restored the kingdom to him and asked his forgiveness. In the Ekaraja Jataka, reference is made to the Mahasilava Jataka for details regarding the expulsion of the minister for misconduct and subsequent events. 58/393 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.013ff. loving-kindness, perfection of

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